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CPA Celebrates RxP and Honors Key Players

CPA members and guests celebrated the passage of the Prescriptive Privileges Bill (HB23-1071) into law on the evening of Friday, April 21st 2023 with a celebration on the DU campus following CPA's Spring Symposium. The passing of this bill was a monumental accomplishment worthy of a celebratory party.

Awards were presented to Jin Lee, PsyD, MSCP, BCB and Healthier Colorado. Other awardees were Rep. Judy Amabile, Rep. Mary Bradfield, Senator Cleave Simpson and Senator Steve Fenberg. Unfortunately, the legislators were unable to attend the party due to evening sessions.

Jin Lee, PsyD, MSCP, BCB, was given the "President's Award" for outstanding service to psychology. Jin began working on this campaign about 4 years ago, spending weekends, lunch breaks and evenings on the phone with CPA's lobbyist, Jeannie Vanderburg, figuring out their strategy. Jin did all the research, put together a thoughtful proposal, garnered support from CPA leadership and membership, and gathered a group of stellar psychologists and stakeholders to support her efforts. Without Jin's hard work and commitment, this bill would simply not have passed. 

CPA President, Brian Beaumund and Jin Lee

Healthier Colorado was given the "Friend of Psychology" award for their support and hard work to allow psychologists to prescribe in Colorado. Healthier Colorado is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the voices of Coloradans in the public policy process to improve the health of our state’s residents. Last year, Healthier Colorado generously agreed to support our efforts to pursue prescriptive authority and we couldn’t have done it without them. They brought a professional communications team, helped us prepare witnesses and do research as needed. Their amazing policy, communication and lobbying team were integral to getting this bill across the finish line.

Alexis Alltop of Healthier Colorado and Brian Beaumund

 Thank you to the CPA Board members who were on hand to celebrate!

Left to right: Denise Vargas, Gabe Casher, Monica Corrado, Jin Lee, Brian Beaumund, Neal Brugman 


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NASAP Conference Coming to Denver - CPA Members Receive Discount to Attend



Recorded Webinar: Colorado Prescriptive Authority - Learn from the Pioneers - June 25, 2021

CEs: 1 Available 

CPA Members: $10.00
Non-members: $30.00

*If you are a non-member student, please reach out to [email protected] for a discount code. 

Description: Take a look back at CPA's plan to pursue legislation to grant prescriptive authority (RxP) to licensed psychologists with advanced degrees and training in prescribing psychotropic medications to increase access to appropriate mental health treatment for Coloradans. As part of the strategic planning, CPA is planning to provide a series of webinars targeting the education about the historical background of RxP and the future direction for this needed effort. In this CE credit webinar, we have two prescribing psychologists from New Mexico, which is the first state in the nation to grant RxP to psychologists. We are excited to hear from the experts on their experience with the legislative process in New Mexico and how we can incorporate their success into our needs in Colorado.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the current status of granting prescriptive authority to specially trained psychologists (RxP) in Colorado
  • Discuss the historical background and current status of RxP in New Mexico
  • Discuss the future direction of the RxP effort in Colorado and beyond
This webinar is available to both members and non members & offers 1 CE on-demand in the CPA Learning Center. Click below to register today!


Recorded Webinar: Staying Current on Diagnostics: What’s new in the DSM-5-TR?

CEs: 2 Available 

CPA Members: $70.00
Non-Members: $140.00
CPA Student Members: $20.00
Non-Member Students: $40.00

*If you are a non-member student, please reach out to [email protected] for a discount code. 

Description: In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published the updated version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the DSM-5. This expanded, more contemporary version of the DSM including substantial changes which modified diagnoses, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities. It also reorganized the structure of the DSM to classify disorders in slightly different ways, such as eliminating “Mood Disorders” as a diagnostic category in favor of separate categories for “Depressive Disorders” and “Bipolar Disorders.” The primary goals of the DSM-5 were to streamline diagnoses and better align the DSM with the International Classification of Disease (ICD). The revision of the DSM-5 was not without controversy, as the mental health community adjusted to changes in the diagnostic criteria. 

Like previous versions of the DSM, the use of the DSM over the past 9 years revealed aspects of the manual that still needed clarification and modification. Whereas the recommended clarifications and revisions did not warrant a move to DSM-6, enough updates were recommended to lead to the publication of the DSM-5-Text Revision (DSM-5-TR), released in March 2022. In addition to aligning codes with ICD-10, the DSM-5-TR includes modifications that will likely influence some aspects of clinical work, including the inclusion of a new diagnosis of Prolonged Grief Disorder. This workshop will provide a quick overview of the major changes. Attendees will also have a chance to reflect on potential implications for practice, especially related to Prolonged Grief Disorder and the impact of racism/discrimination on symptom presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will gain knowledge on revisions included in the DSM-5-TR.
  • Attendees will be able to describe the new diagnosis of Prolonged Grief Disorder.
  • Attendees will reflect on the inclusion of identifying the impact of racism and discrimination on psychological symptoms.
  • Attendees will be able to reflect on changes and implication for clinical practice.
This webinar is available to both members and non members & offers 2 CE on-demand in the CPA Learning Center . Click below to register today!
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